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Great Gingerbread Zabriskie Being Auctioned to Benefit The Real Thing

Cookie creator: "I will give this gingerbread on Dec. 18th to the person who makes the highest offer and I will donate all proceeds to the John & Grace Zabriskie Memorial Fund."

The Great Gingerbread Zabriskie — a deliciously fastidious facsimilie of the Van Voorhees Quackenbush Zabriskie House — was on display recently for all to see at the 18th century historic home's open house on Dec. 8.

But now, Barbara Petruccelli is using her crafty replica to leverage some cash for the real thing. 

"This beautiful landmark relies on donations for its upkeep and is unable to do some of these due to lack of funds," Petruccelli said. "I will give this gingerbread on Dec. 18th to the person who makes the highest offer and I will donate all proceeds to the John & Grace Zabriskie Memorial Fund."

Interested parties should begin their offers at $200, according to Petruccelli.

The Great Gingerbread Zabriskie is now on display at Chocolate Etc. 

According to Petruccelli, anyone interested in making an offer should email zabriskiegingerbread@gmail.com.

Architectural baking is a tradition Petruccelli has been involved in for about 20 years, Petruccelli said: "I started out baking small ones and then made one of an old Victorian house and gradually they got more elaborate."

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Heather Noerr December 11, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Such a sweet idea! The gingerbread house is beautiful and will certainly make a great holiday centerpiece.

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